“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliography: Written and Illustrated by Douglas Florian, Beach Lane Books, New York, 2012, 28 pgs.
Reading Level: K-3 (no Lexile Level found)
Synopsis: On each page, there is a short rhyming poem detailing information about bees and important aspects of their lives. A paragraph of factual information is paired with each poem along with beautifully painted illustrations capturing the essence of each poem. The reader will fully understand the lives of bees after reading this poetry book.
Classroom Rationale: This book of bee poems would be a good introduction for a unit on insects. This poetry book is a great example of effective use of rhyming words and vivid words within poetry. It is also a great resource for students to read factual information within poems and then compare the poem and the additional informational text that is stated on the page.
Common Core: Identify how the rhyming words create a pattern in the text and the chosen words explain about the meaning of the topic of the poems (RL 2.4). Students will read and understand poetry appropriate for 2-3 grade level with help (RL 2.10).